Where to get help getting veterans benefits

8/15/2017

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Do you need help understanding and applying for VA benefits? That includes monthly financial support, education, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loans, life insurance, pension, health care and burial benefits.

Start by getting a booklet of Federal Benefits for Veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides a comprehensive listing of federal programs and benefits available to U.S. military veterans and their families. You can download a copy here or visit your nearest DVA office to pick up a copy.

For personal assistance about your benefits, you can call the National Veterans Foundation at 1.888.777.4443. The NVF is a not-for-profit organization staffed by veterans from Vietnam to Iraq who are trained in assisting with veterans’ benefits and other issues including crisis management for PTSD and suicide prevention.

You can also get assistance from Veterans and Military Service Organizations such as the VFW, American Legion and American Red Cross. Here is the most recent online directory of these organizations. It includes congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organizations recognized by the VA to help with preparing, presenting and prosecuting VA benefit claims. The directory also provides a listing of state and county Veteran Services Officers who can assist you.

Generally, representatives working for nonprofit veterans service organizations advocate on behalf of veteran service members, their dependents and survivors free of charge. However, some VA-accredited claims agents and attorneys that have passed an exam and background check may charge for their services. Ask at the start about fees and reimbursement for unusual expenses.

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